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Michael V. Gruenthaner Sr., truck driver <br> July 19, 1933 -- Dec. 15, 2006

Michael V. Gruenthaner Sr. of Buffalo, a Korean War veteran and retired truck driver, died Friday in Buffalo General Hospital. He was 73.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Gruenthaner was Army veteran of the Korean War, seeing combat with the 21st Infantry Regiment.

Mr. Gruenthaner worked as a truck driver for 43 years, affiliated with Teamsters Locals 375 and 449.

Shortly after his military service, he drove a dump truck for the Robert Moses Power Project, hauling excavated rock to what is now Artpark. He also worked for Niagara Machine & Tool and Laidlaw Co. and retired from Stott-Davis, Cheektowaga, in 1993.

Mr. Gruenthaner was a member of Red Jacket Post 3068, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Francis J. Donovan Post 1626, American Legion; and the Korean War Veterans Association.

A parishioner of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, he was a member of its Holy Name Society. He also was a member of Teamsters Retirees, and South Buffalo Lodge, Fraternal Order of Moose, and a life member of the Pine Hill Drum and Bugle Corps. He was active in drum corps competitions for more than 50 years.

Survivor include two daughters, Kim M. Miranda and Donna M. Masterson; a son, Michael V. Jr.; and a sister, Othelia Wechter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Lawrence Church, 1520 E. Delavan Ave. Prayers will be said at 9:45 in Urban-Amigone Funeral Home, 3645 Genesee St.

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